David N. Ross Archive

  • Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Compendium This massive book clocks in at 255 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 248 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   This review was moved up in my review-queue as a prioritized review at the request of my patreons.   Okay, so this is a massive book for the…let’s say, more unconventional races out there. The respective write-ups have a couple of things in common, so let’s start with establishing that: For the most part, the races have either not been properly covered in the respective books that introduced them or […]

    Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Compendium

    Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Compendium This massive book clocks in at 255 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 248 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   This review was moved up in my review-queue as a prioritized review at the request of my patreons.   Okay, so this is a massive book for the…let’s say, more unconventional races out there. The respective write-ups have a couple of things in common, so let’s start with establishing that: For the most part, the races have either not been properly covered in the respective books that introduced them or […]

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  • Horror Adventures This massive hardcover clocks in at 255 pages – if you take away editorial, index, etc., you still arrive at 249 pages of content, which is A LOT.   I was gifted a copy of this book for the purpose of a fair and unbiased review. My review is based on the hardcover of this book.   Now, the first thing I’d ask you to do, is to read the series of Miscellaneous Musings I wrote on horror gaming in general. Or least the last one. Why? Because it is my firm conviction that one has to establish realistic expectations in order to review a book such as this.   Here is Part I. Here is Part II. […]

    Horror Adventures

    Horror Adventures This massive hardcover clocks in at 255 pages – if you take away editorial, index, etc., you still arrive at 249 pages of content, which is A LOT.   I was gifted a copy of this book for the purpose of a fair and unbiased review. My review is based on the hardcover of this book.   Now, the first thing I’d ask you to do, is to read the series of Miscellaneous Musings I wrote on horror gaming in general. Or least the last one. Why? Because it is my firm conviction that one has to establish realistic expectations in order to review a book such as this.   Here is Part I. Here is Part II. […]

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  • 20 Things: Creepy Graveyard (system neutral) This installment of Raging Swan Press’ system-neutral #20-series clocks in at 13 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 7 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We begin this supplement with an emphasis of the “creepy” aspect promised in the title – namely, we receive a total of 8 different, system-neutral haunts – consider these to be slightly supernatural window-dressing. When e.g. the holy symbol on a local woman’s grave splits right in the middle and worms pour forth, you know that you’ve found an intriguing place…and her crisis of faith prior to death…perhaps there is […]

    20 Things: Creepy Graveyard (system neutral)

    20 Things: Creepy Graveyard (system neutral) This installment of Raging Swan Press’ system-neutral #20-series clocks in at 13 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 7 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We begin this supplement with an emphasis of the “creepy” aspect promised in the title – namely, we receive a total of 8 different, system-neutral haunts – consider these to be slightly supernatural window-dressing. When e.g. the holy symbol on a local woman’s grave splits right in the middle and worms pour forth, you know that you’ve found an intriguing place…and her crisis of faith prior to death…perhaps there is […]

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  • Mythic Magic: Intrigue Spells This installment of the Mythic Magic-series clocks in at 32 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page ToC, 2 pages of introduction, 1 page advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 24 pages of content, so let’s take a look at this book!   So, at this point, you probably are familiar with what these books by now – if not, the pitch is simple: We get mythic versions of all spells contained in Ultimate Intrigue and thus, we begin with an alphabetic list of the spells featured within this book. However, there is an important paradigm shift in this book, courtesy of the changed design paradigm Paizo introduced […]

    Mythic Magic: Intrigue Spells

    Mythic Magic: Intrigue Spells This installment of the Mythic Magic-series clocks in at 32 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page ToC, 2 pages of introduction, 1 page advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 24 pages of content, so let’s take a look at this book!   So, at this point, you probably are familiar with what these books by now – if not, the pitch is simple: We get mythic versions of all spells contained in Ultimate Intrigue and thus, we begin with an alphabetic list of the spells featured within this book. However, there is an important paradigm shift in this book, courtesy of the changed design paradigm Paizo introduced […]

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  • Lands of Porphyra Campaign Setting This massive campaign setting clocks in at 214 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 2 pages of SRD, leaving us with a massive 219 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Porphyra…Purple Duck Games’ in-house setting is massive, it’s regional (and extremely crunchy) player’s guide clocking in regularly at 60+ pages…and unlike most campaign settings, this world was not crowdfunded…it just slowly, steadily, came to be…which is an impressive feat in my book. Anyways, Porphyra’s details and unique components are many and have been suffusing Purple Duck Games-supplements for years: Whether it’s the unique mini-game arabakmpsi, the lovecraft gaming toolkit or other offerings – never obtrusive, but the […]

    Lands of Porphyra Campaign Setting

    Lands of Porphyra Campaign Setting This massive campaign setting clocks in at 214 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 2 pages of SRD, leaving us with a massive 219 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Porphyra…Purple Duck Games’ in-house setting is massive, it’s regional (and extremely crunchy) player’s guide clocking in regularly at 60+ pages…and unlike most campaign settings, this world was not crowdfunded…it just slowly, steadily, came to be…which is an impressive feat in my book. Anyways, Porphyra’s details and unique components are many and have been suffusing Purple Duck Games-supplements for years: Whether it’s the unique mini-game arabakmpsi, the lovecraft gaming toolkit or other offerings – never obtrusive, but the […]

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